SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW
ALL IN THE FAMILY!
San Francisco Black Film Festival Adds New Leaders
and Announces Festival Dates, June 10-13, 2021
San Francisco-Passion for
family fuels the San Francisco Black Film Festival legacy as a new
generation join the worldwide African Diaspora affirming festival
founded by late Arts Impresario, Ave Montague. After the shocking
and unexpected demise of Festival Director Kali O'Ray, Montague's son,
last August due to an undetected degenerative heart condition, Cree Ray
and Kali Ray Jr., daughter and son of O'Ray will join the San Francisco
Black Film Festival as Festival Directors. The San Francisco
Black Film Festival Festival is slated for June 10-13, 2021. Film
submissions are now being accepted via https://filmfreeway.com/sfbff.
tribute to the love of both our grandmother and father, we are continuing
their labor of love of providing a positive narrative about the
SFBFF Press Conference 6:15:2012 with then Co-Festival
Director with wife Katera Crossley, Kali O'Ray listening to accolades
from Actor, Write, Producer, Humanitarian Robert Townsend about carrying
on his mother Ave Montague's legacy. Townsend said the legacy would
be carried on to the next generation. From 2012 to 2021, so it shall
at home and internationally," said San Francisco Black Festival
Director, Cree Ray. "We will build on this legacy of the San
Francisco Black Film Festival, "Healing the World one Film at A
Time." It goes beyond family based on our strengths and
convictions for truth and balance in media." Ray explained that
Festival Director and widow of O'Ray, Katera Crossley will continue in
the role she loves, curating all the films that are submitted.
Kali Ray Jr. will orchestrate all of the technical aspects of the
festival with Cree Ray managing the overall business aspects of the San
Francisco Black Film Festival.
appreciate all of our past sponsors, volunteers, and devotees of the
San Francisco Black Film Festival that helped us invite the world to
San Francisco and to a platform that encouraged dialogue between races
to better understand each other," said Kali Ray Jr., San Francisco
Black Film Festival Director. "Building on that platform
that heralded justice, equality and equity, we invite our old friends
and new ones to help us build on this San Francisco cultural icon for
the world that was born in the historic Fillmore District.
worldwide Diaspora always a theme of the San Francisco Black Film
Festival, Kali O'Ray's leadership in the Coronavirus Pandemic challenging
year of 2020, extended to Nigeria and South Africa in what was
unknowingly to be O'Ray's last festival directorship.
Francisco Black Film Festival virtually opened the door for New York
based independent filmmaker Taheim Bryan's "Equal Standard" (https://www.durbanfilmfest.com/film/equal-standard/) at the Durban International Film Festival with a panel
discussion that included Tobias Truvillion, Syleena Johnson, Ice
T, Anthony 'Treach' Criss and more directed by Brendan Kyle
Cochrane. The film takes a hard look at both sides of officer
and Filmmakers were guests of the Durban FilmMart and the San Francisco
Live Talk @SFBFF "Art and Trade in Africa"
Festival hosted an international panel discussion with Durban FilmMart
about trade: "Live Talk @SFBFF: Art & Trade in Africa (https://vimeo.com/442682325)."
are family, a worldwide family as Ave and Kali projected in their
heartfelt work through the San Francisco Black Film Festival,"
said Katera Crossley, San Francisco Black Film Festival Director.
"We thank our family of friends such as the Honorable London
San Francisco Mayor London Breed Gives Condolences
& Greets @SFBFF Website Visitors
of San Francisco for paying tribute to Kali at a very difficult time.
We thank our community friends with African American Arts and Cultural
Center for paying tribute and new friends as Regan Baker Designs that
shared their event with
Chadwick Boseman's "42" honoring Kali at Fort Mason
last October. Together will continue the great foundational
work that Ave began and Kali continued."
festival will be virtual, live or both has not been determined. For updates
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Francisco Black Film Festival Virtually Possible
Tribute to Kali O'Ray & Chadwick Boseman-"The
Power of the Heroic Figure"-Live Talk @SFBFF with SF Human
Rights Commissioner Karen Clopton, Civil Rights Attorney Pamela
Price, SF Arts Commissioner, Linda Parker Pennington, &
Equal Standard Director/Writer Taheim Bryan.
San Francisco-It was the San
Ms. Rochelle Metcalfe_ the Toast of Town as she toated
and in some cases roasted others. She will be missed. Photo by
Harrison Chastang, News Director KPOO.
Herb Caen's ... dot dot dot before yielding more ink to gracious
society columnist Pat Steger who passed the baton to today's features
writer Leah Garchik. In the Black media world it was Rochelle
Metcalfe and her "I Heard That" column in the Sun Reporter,
Beyond Chron and the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper that gave all the
skinny on what was happening among local celebrities in the hood to
those who flew in from Hollywood!